Close to 500 guests filled the ballroom at the Hilton Americas on Friday, October 16, 2015 for SER Jobs for Progress’ 50th Anniversary Gala chaired by Ileana Trevino and David M. Underwood, Jr.
The Gala celebrated SER’s milestones and upcoming 2016 relocation to a building constructed in 1948 as Tellepsen’s original headquarters in Houston’s East End, which will give the non-profit access to exceptional facilities, more square footage and the infrastructure needed to continue its mission for future generations of Houstonians.
Honorees and generous supporters, the Tellepsen Family, were congratulated by many friends and colleagues.
Nory Angel, Executive Director and CEO of SER, stated, “We are fortunate to have families like the Tellepsens who recognize the critical need in our community to provide education, occupational training, placement services, and economic planning to individuals, families, the elderly, and youth. We are pleased to recognize their continued work in business and esteemed contributions to our community.”
Remarks from Howard Tellepsen, Jr., who was joined by Karen Tellepsen and Tom Tellepsen on stage, on behalf of the Tellepsen family also emphasized the need to support our community.
Howard Tellepsen, Jr. noted, “I always heard my father and grandfather say that it was important for Tellepsen to be involved in something larger than ourselves. It is not about us. It’s about others.” Giving back to the community and embracing others who are less fortunate is a hallmark of the Tellepsen family.
The moving testimonial of SER graduate Pastor Jeremiah Busby brought applause and led to a successful appeal to support the purchase of a van that will be used to transport the YouthBuild group, who are SER students who are pursuing their GED while learning the skills to obtain a job in the construction industry, to and from their GED classes and to construction training sites.
The evening proved to be highly successful raising nearly $400,000.